Horton Hears a Who- and Five Restless Children

My brother came up to visit this past weekend. He brought his friend Lisa, who I really enjoyed meeting. Between all of us we had five kids – three girls and two very active boys. By Saturday, the kids were bouncing off the walls… literally. So, we decided to go see the 4:30 show of Horton Hears a Who.

It was by all accounts a great experience, despite having to pay full price! Since when is 4:30 not a matinee?!

Anyway, the movie was very cute, and a good adaptation of the original Dr. Seuss book. We had kids from ages two to seven, and they all enjoyed it. There was one woman in front of us who did not have a good time. She kept giving us the evil eye every time on of the kids asked a question or laughed. Would you come to a Saturday Matinee of a kids’ movie, and expect not to hear kids?

Anyway (again), the sad thing is… I kept waiting to discover the hidden liberal social agenda that my children were unwittingly being subjected to. It’s in most of the great recent kids’ movies: Ice Age, Happy Feet, The Golden Compass, I could go on.

The thing is, the only message I got from this movie was the tagline: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

The whole time Horton was carrying around that clover flower with what looked like a speck of dust on it, trying to convince everyone there were creatures living there- I could only think about the three eight-week-old babies I had seen on the sonogram machine, when I was pregnant with each of my children. Those little turtle-shaped creatures, with tiny beating hearts, swimming around inside my womb, who would someday develop into my beautiful daughters. Without modern technology, I would have been totally oblivious to the life within.

Horton was right, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”


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  1. Childlife says:

    Amen, Sarah! (Probably not the message they were intending, but it should have been… Amen!)


  2. We are THAT Family says:

    I really liked this movie! AND I just loved the fact that Carol Burnett was in it, even if she was a mean-turns-good-at-the-end kangaroo. She’s my comedic hero!


  3. Christine @ Serenity How? says:

    I posted about this the over the weekend when we went to see it. I had mixed feelings about going after hearing a few negatives (plus feeling negative about Hollywood in general anyway LOL!)

    I liked it, and so did my kids. I thought the negatives were few and far between.



  4. The Surrendered Scribe says:

    I didn’t see it yet, but the kids saw it with grandma. I’ve done a bit of reading and there are children reading the book and seeing the movie and commenting to their parents that this book is about life and that it sends a pro life message.

    Did you gather that at all? I read the book after reading that and I thought it was a parallel.

    I look forward to watching it.

    I don’t get to comment much these days but I love all you do, keep it up!


  5. Your review is quite helpful
    although it is small;
    and “Horton” seems quite life-full,
    in the scheme of it all.
    Yet here’s another bright spot
    in the humanistic deluge.
    In the “social agenda” school system
    Dr. Seuss is huge!

    a greater man than he said this:
    “Whatsoever you’ve done unto the least of these, you’ve done it unto me.”


  6. I’ve been wanting to take the kids to see that movie! I’m glad it was good! As for the mean lady in the theatre, I always thought that kids movies are SUPPOSED to be full of noisy, excited little kids! What did she expect?


  7. nataliepease says:

    Beautiful bolg. It brought tears to my eyes. Life is wonderful and its even more amazing to see it in its purest form…infancy.


  8. Yay, we loved it too! I only had TWO kids to keep still for it…def, thumbs up! 🙂 Have a great night!!


  9. Audra Marie says:

    I’ll have to put it on my Netflix list. With six kids, going to the movies can be pricey. 🙂 I think it’s neat that you drew a beautiful message from the movie and that children are catching that same message!


  10. MorningSong says:

    I definitely want to bring my kids to see this movie soon!!

    I heard a ministry (last year sometime) talking about this movie being released and how God showed them the book was about abortion and how HE would use this movie to that end!

    So great a message isn’t it?! I pray the fruit will begin to come forth and people will receive the TRUTH about abortion in their mind/will/emotions. It always starts as a mustard seed, then gets watered, then grows and bears fruit! May it be so today!
    Amen! Too many women are tormented by their ‘choice’ to abort and they wish they only knew! May many know this truth BEFORE they choose!

    Blessings and Hi! (I’ve been visiting blogs less than I used to! Trying to be balanced!)


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